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Biography
Colson Whitehead was born on Manhattan's 'Upper West Side in 1969 where he grew up reading Stephen King's books and Marvel's comics. He studied and graduated from Harvard and then returned to New York where he worked as a journalist and television critic for newspapers such as "Newsday" and "The Village Voice". Alongside his work as a journalist he cultivated a passion for narrative writing, but his very first novel, still today unpublished, was rejected by twenty publishing firms.
In 1998 he moved to San Francisco where he wrote short advertising messages for chat channels and virtual events, but in the meantime managed to publish the novel entitled The Intuitionist, a metaphysical thriller appreciated by critics and readers alike, especially thanks to this mixture of genres.
Encouraged by this first success, Colson Whitehead returned to New York and published his second novel, John Henry Days, the story of a century of American history seen through the Afro-American legend John Henry. This book was acclaimed by critics and was also one of the finalists for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Critics Circe Award, and Colson Whitehead was rewarded by the New Public Library as the best American author under the age of thirty five.
His most recent book, The Colossus of New York (2003), is experimental non-fiction organised in thirteen parts about as many of New York's focal points.
Colson Whitehead's novels have been published in fifteen countries and in Italy are published by Minimum Fax and by Mondadori.
 
Thoughts and comments the author:

"Literary reputation may not always rise and fall as predictably as elevators, but... Colson Whitehead's should be heading towards the upper floors".
"The New York Times Book Review"

"Intensely sensory in its details, melancholy and amusing in its psychological revelations, it is capable of providing everything with a mythical life, from the fury of the rush hour to the forced etiquette of subway travellers on their way to Central Park, Times Square, Coney Island and Brooklyn Bridge".
"Booklist"

[Whitehead] "confronts a multitude of subjects with rich and penetrating imagination... his fame is probably destined to rise to great heights".
"The Washington Post Book World"
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